Nuclear Fuel

Westinghouse Electric Company and its partners are adopting a two-phase approach to accident tolerant fuels (ATF) development, as Peng Xu, Robert L. Oelrich, Sumit Ray, Christian Deck and Christina Back explain. The zirconium-clad fuel currently in use as the industry standard for light water reactors (LWRs) has been safe and reliable in normal and accident conditions, but it has an exothermic reaction to steam when exposed to the high temperatures experienced in ‘beyond design basis’ accidents. This is why, in 2012, the US Congress directed the US Department of Energy (DOE) to give priority to developing enhanced fuels and cladding, leading to R&D investment in accident tolerant nuclear fuels (ATF) at US DOE laboratories, in universities, and in the nuclear industry.

Compelo 19th Sept 2018 read more »

Posted: 20 September 2018


Geraldine, dear Geraldine is at it again! Notwithstanding her recent debunking from Prof Keith Baverstock who claimed her advice to be dangerous forcing the BBC to eventually delete her Fukushima videos from their website after many complaints from both pro and anti nuclear individuals. In her latest call to arms Geraldine points out that radiation has no effect on wildlife but ignores the 70 + Peer reviewed papers of Prof Timothy Mousseau and his team that show many effects in wildlife and FLora and Fauna etc. So , General Geraldine hopes to match anti nuclear activists on the internet whist ignoring the plethora of evidence that says there are problems, with little funding to find the problems.

Nuclear News 19th Sept 2018 read more »

Posted: 20 September 2018


The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Russian nuclear fuel manufacturer Tenex have signed a contract for the transport of low-enriched uranium and equipment through Russian territory to and from the IAEA LEU Bank in Kazakhstan.

World Nuclear News 18th Sept 2018 read more »

Posted: 19 September 2018


All this week the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog body, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has held its annual (62nd) General Conference in Vienna. On 17 September, the junior Foreign Office minister Sir Alan Duncan, told the conference “We live in an increasingly uncertain and dangerous world. We have seen the destabilising consequences when States pursue nuclear weapons. And we have worked together to prevent terrorists acquiring nuclear material”. This statement makes a lot of sense, until it is put in the context of what his own British Government is doing in wasting £205,000 m (£205 billion) of tax payers’ money of replacing the Trident nuclear WMD system, which makes the faux concern over nuclear weapons pure, unadulterated hypocrisy. To put the scale of this gross hypocrisy in context, Duncan asserted in Vienna that he UK had “already contributed £4.1 million this year to the Nuclear Security Fund,” and urged all to “support the Agency’s work to help Member States implement robust nuclear security regimes.” This ‘do as we say, not as we do’ policy cuts zero ice with the vast majority of sensible Governments, who want genuine global nuclear disarmament, not shameful finger-wagging from countries bristling with deadly nuclear weapons like the UK.

David Lowry’s Blog 18th Sept 2018 read more »

Posted: 19 September 2018


Hundreds of extra workers arrive as major project under way at Torness Power Station. BUSINESSES in and around Dunbar are set to enjoy a massive boost after more than 800 additional workers arrived at Torness Power Station. A major 11-week maintenance programme, worth about £34 million, got under way at the EDF Energy nuclear power station last Friday. One of the two reactors at the power station, to the east of the town, is being taken offline. The programme means hundreds of extra workers will join the 750-strong regular workforce for the maintenance period, known as a “statutory outage”.

East Lothian Courier 14th Sept 2018 read more »

Posted: 17 September 2018

Nuclear Security

Nations must drastically improve cybersecurity protection to guard against thefts of nuclear materials or acts of nuclear sabotage, according to an exhaustive global analysis released 5 September by the nonprofit Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI). One-third of the 44 countries and Taiwan that possess weapons-usable nuclear materials or have reactors, reprocessing plants, and other nuclear facilities lack even the most basic cyberprotections, the NTI reports in its Nuclear Security Index. And although the US received a high grade for its cyberdefenses, it still needs to improve its overall level of protection.

Physics Today 14th Sept 2018 read more »

Posted: 16 September 2018


Furious British nuclear expert, 73, who appears on Russian state TV claims ‘irritating’ police arrested him on suspicion of making a bomb after he criticised the Government over radiation risks.

Daily Mail 14th Sept 2018 read more »

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Posted: 15 September 2018


Home of British nuclear expert who appears on Russia Today is raided by police – as several officers are taken ill with suspected chemical poisoning. Dr Chris Busby’s home in the sleepy Devon town of Bideford was raided by police. Officers attended the address initially over concerns about a woman’s welfare. But officers complained of feeling unwell and were checked by an ambulance Hazardous Area Response Team. His house was sealed off and the 73-year-old chemicals expert was arrested. Incident is not being linked to the attempted murder of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury in March

Daily Mail 13th Sept 2018 read more »

A radiation scientist has spoken of his anger at being arrested on suspicion of making a bomb. Two police officers “felt unwell” during a visit to Dr Chris Busby’s home in Bideford, Devon, which boasts its own laboratory. The 73-year-old said he was held for 19 hours under the Explosives Act before being released with no further action. Devon and Cornwall Police said its inquiries were about public safety and not criminal matters. Dr Busby said he felt he was being targeted because of his criticism of the government’s current assessment of radiation risks. The force said the affected officers were unharmed and there was no risk to the wider public.

BBC 13th Sept 2018 read more »

Posted: 14 September 2018


A concrete and grout plant could be built at the former site of an atomic energy research centre in Dorset if plans are approved. The plant, which would be accompanied by an interim curing facility, is being planned for the Magnox Winfrith site in Dorchester. The grout and concrete plant (GCP) is required as part of the decommissioning process at the site, which was previously a steam generating heavy water reactor (SGHWR). The application comes from GVA on behalf of site owner Magnox Ltd. The planning statement for the development said: “The proposed GCP and ICF are required to facilitate the removal of Intermediate Level Waste (ILW) from Winfrith Site. The proposed development is therefore urgently required as part of Magnox’s decommissioning programme.

Insider Media 12th Sept 2018 read more »

Posted: 13 September 2018


Kent’s nuclear power plant, Dungeness B, is closing down one of it’s reactors for 12 weeks to carry out a 30-million pound maintenance program. It will involve 12-thousand pieces of work which are not possible when the reactor is working. Cameras are used for remote access. Around 500 extra staff are on the EDF site to help carry out specialist checks, and replace and upgrade materials.

ITV 10th Sept 2018 read more »

Posted: 11 September 2018